Man Who Found Human Leg In BBQ Cooker Arrested In Down East Bank Scare

A Down East man who made national headlines in 2007 over a lost human leg in a barbeque cooker has been charged with causing a scare at a bank this morning.

Carteret County deputies say Shannon Whisnant of Stacy was arrested on the charge of going armed to the terror of the public.

They responded just before 9:00 a.m. to the Wells Fargo Bank in Sea Level after bank employees say they saw an armed man circling their parking lot. Deputies say the man pulled up to the bank doors and tried to get inside before it opened for business.

One employee called 911, while another triggered their silent alarm.

Deputies say Whisnant was arrested outside the bank and they seized a .38 caliber handgun.

The 40-year-old man was jailed on a $2,500 bond and later released to Carteret General Hospital for unspecified medical reasons.

Back in 2007, Whisnant lived in Maiden where he bought the cooker at an auction. Inside he found the mummified human leg, amputated three years earlier from a South Carolina man who was injured in a plane crash.

Whisnant wanted to charge admission for people to see the leg, but John Wood wanted it back so he could eventually be buried with it.

The whole dispute was settled on a "Judge Mathis" episode with Wood getting his leg back.